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12 May 2017 10:37 p.m. PST
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Mako11 Inactive Member07 Nov 2016 6:57 p.m. PST

So, what do you call those small, delicious, little freshwater lobsters, more commonly known as……..?

Freshwater Lobster
Langostino (that's what some restaurants and grocery stores call them so they can charge more)

Sorry, "No Opinion" isn't an option for this poll, but you can add in other names not listed above, if you come up with any others frequently used.

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 7:00 p.m. PST


Weasel07 Nov 2016 7:09 p.m. PST

"Cthuloid horrors from beyond space and time"

I didn't grow up 'round them 'ere parts, but I always saw it as "Crawfish".

thorr666 Inactive Member07 Nov 2016 7:23 p.m. PST


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Nov 2016 7:25 p.m. PST

Crawdad is what I grew up with, altho' Crawfish is more common round these parts.

rmaker07 Nov 2016 7:26 p.m. PST


Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut07 Nov 2016 7:42 p.m. PST

I thought crayfish, crawfish, and crawdads were three separate species of similar crustaceans.

emckinney07 Nov 2016 8:23 p.m. PST

I alternate between crayfish and crawfish, as the mood strikes.

Did you know that they're related to pillbugs/rolly-pollies?

goragrad07 Nov 2016 11:17 p.m. PST



I saw some exoskeletons in some tumbleweeds in a dry irrigation ditch in Eastern Colorado that were 9-10 inches long.

My nephew would have loved to get that one in a pot.

When he was 5 over here in SW Colorado he and his sisters caught one crossing the driveway about 100 yards from the small town reservoir.

Put it in a bucket of water for a couple of days then the nephew dropped it head first into the boiling pot. He was the one who actually caught it so he got the tail.

Had a good thick shell on it.

MHoxie Inactive Member08 Nov 2016 2:35 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 3:54 a.m. PST


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 5:50 a.m. PST


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 6:19 a.m. PST

Spell them however you like, but the word is pronounced "crawdad".

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 8:04 a.m. PST

Florida Tony has it right although mudbugs is also popular thee parts.

Texas Jack08 Nov 2016 8:15 a.m. PST

If they are in a ditch and kids are playing with them, crawdads, if they are piled high on your plate and you are sucking the heads, crawfish. Mudbugs for fun.

Spaceadmrodkalker Inactive Member08 Nov 2016 8:15 a.m. PST


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 9:06 a.m. PST


Spudeus Inactive Member08 Nov 2016 9:18 a.m. PST

Usually crayfish, but I love the word 'mudpuppy'.

A friend in college got a mistaken library fine notice for a book entitled, A Handbook of the Crayfishes of Ontario. I still laugh when I consider that such a book exists!

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 9:38 a.m. PST

Are you sure crayfish isn't some sort of Canadian code for bordello?

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

Crawdads, here in Washington State. We used to hunt them when I was a kid and then boil them up in a pot. Serve with melted butter and a nutcracker and feast!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 12:50 p.m. PST

Crawdad. At least in my part of the South.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 1:42 p.m. PST

Crayfish where I come from. I will answer for my amigo Tango01 and offer up cangrejo de río.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 3:26 p.m. PST

Mudbugs is popular in Louisiana but crawfish is the most common name. Even when the word is spelled "crayfish", it's still pronounced "crawfish" by the indigenes.

Mako11 & Spudeus: scientifically speaking "mudpuppy" is a species of salamander (Necturus maculosus). I've eaten some mighty weird stuff in my life but I think I'd draw the line there.


Vallerotonda08 Nov 2016 4:40 p.m. PST

Definitely CRAWFISH
CRAYFISH are the tropical American pincerless ( or very small pincered ) ocean lobsters ( mainly Panaluris species)
Lobsters are the ones with the big pincers ( Homard , or Maine Lobster in the US)

photocrinch Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2016 7:26 p.m. PST

We always called them crawdads, but I never was able to tell them from crawmoms.

BW195908 Nov 2016 8:24 p.m. PST


whill408 Nov 2016 8:45 p.m. PST


Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Nov 2016 5:35 p.m. PST

Crawdads and crayfish used interchangeably

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